S’mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies - source: idea and method inspired by Picky Palate I made my own graham crackers for these s’mores stuffed cookies, but you can certainly use store-bought crackers if you’re pressed for time or you know, not crazy like me. You’ll need 4 approximately 1 1/2″ by 3″ pieces which for store-bought graham crackers means half of a graham square. If you decide to make your own graham crackers (go for it!), cut them to fit. This recipe yields 4 gigantic cookies. Feel free to double the recipe and/or make smaller cookies by using smaller graham crackers and just half of a marshmallow for each cookie. Ingredients: For the cookie dough (Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies):
2 cups plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
12 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cookie dough recipe, at room temperature
8 graham cracker squares, broken into halves (see header note above)
4 marshmallows, snipped in half lengthwise
1 full-size Hershey’s bar, divided between each of the prospective cookies
To make the cookie dough: Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or by hand, mix butter and sugars until thoroughly combined. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat at low-speed just until combined – the batter should look a little lumpy. Stir in chocolate chips.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
To assemble and bake: Lay half of the graham crackers out on the baking sheets – two crackers per sheet. Top each cracker with 3-4 pieces of chocolate then top the chocolate with two marshmallow halves, laying them side-by-side. Lay the remaining graham crackers on top of the assemble s’mores. Sandwich the s’mores between two large spoonfuls of cookie dough and using the remaining dough to wrap around each of the s’mores; the result should resemble a small cookie brick.
Space the cookies at least 4 inches apart on the two baking sheets. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until the tops and edges are lightly browned and the edges just lift off the pan with a spatula. (While baking, the s’mores will press down under the weight of the cookie dough and will sink further while cooling. Don’t worry if the cookies don’t end up completely covering the s’mores – it only adds to the charm here.) Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and cool the cookies on the sheets for at least 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to the wire racks and cool for another 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Some of the most famous names in history got their start when they were young
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791 Perhaps the most well known child prodigy, little Wolfgang was playing the harpsichord at three and composing his own music at five. When he was six, Mozart headed out on a three and a half year tour across Europe with his father and sister, both talented musicians in their own right. The crowds loved the tot’s talent, which became even more apparent when at age eight he wrote his first symphony. Good thing Mozart started early because his life
John Stuart Mill, 1806-1873 At age three this famous Brit and utilitarianism proponent learned Greek and began studying philosophy. By eight he knew several dead languages, had read all of Herodotus’s Histories and could quote from Plato’s Dialogues. David Ricardo, then a well-known philosopher, often called on the teenage Mill to discuss political economic theory. The first of Mill’s many major works was published while the whiz kid was still in his teens.
Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973 As soon as pint-sized Picasso could speak he demanded a paintbrush. And he really didn’t want to let go—the only way his parents could get him to attend school was if he was allowed to draw the entire time. By 12 he had a total grasp on fine art fundamentals and was creating photo-realistic portraits. Pablo’s dad, a capable artist as well, admitted that his son surpassed his skill at just 13, when the wunderkind was already
Kim Ung-Yong, 1962- This Korean phenomenon could hold conversations at six months, read four languages by age four and could complete complex calculus problems by five. From ages three to six Kim sat in on college physics classes and at seven, NASA invited the adolescent stateside to work on their campus while earning a Ph.d. Though Ung-yong left the public spotlight, the professor has published nearly 100 papers on hydraulics in scientific journals. Did we mention he also has the highest IQ
Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847
Often referred to as the 19th Century Mozart, young Felix began playing the piano at six, held his first public performance at nine and wrote his first composition at 11. By the time he was 17, Mendelssohn had finished one of the most famous works of the Romantic period, the overture to "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Haven’t heard the tune? We bet you know his "Wedding March," featured within the piece.
Carl Friedrich Gauss, 1777-1885
As a child, this German mathematician and scientist had a photographic memory and could sum hundreds of numbers in mere seconds. By his teens Gauss was making the first of his many groundbreaking discoveries. The Duke of Brunswick was so impressed upon meeting the youngster that he offered to pay for Gauss’s continued education. Thank goodness: Carl ended up making major strides in algebra, number theory, astronomy, geodesy and electromagnetism
Tiger Woods, 1975-
While Wayne Gretzky and Pelé make for tough competition in the sports prodigy category, Tiger Woods takes the cake. This ten-time PGA Player of the Year was featured on The Mike Douglas Show at two, appeared in Golf Digest at five and won the youngest division of the Junior World Golf Championships at eight, a year before he was technically old enough to compete. Tiger’s dominance was underscored when at just 15 he became the youngest U.S. Junior
Jean-François Champollion, 1790-1832
By 16 this Frenchman could speak 12 languages and had presented a paper concerning the Coptic language before Grenoble Academy, an organization composed of several universities. By the end of his teens, Champollion had added several more tongues to his impressive list, was a professor of history and could decipher hieroglyphics. Shortly thereafter he published the first translation of the Rosetta Stone and started the entire field of modern Egyptology.
Marie Curie, 1867-1934
While female prodigies from the days of yore were likely as prevalent as their male counterparts, most were discouraged from pursuing academics. However a few—like two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie—managed to make the history books. The daughter of two teachers, Marie taught herself how to read French and Russian, could solve complicated math problems and had mastered complex memory skills by four. After saving up for five years, she put herself through college in Paris, discovering radium
William Rowan Hamilton, 1805-1865
By his early teens this Irish braniac spoke 14 languages and understood complicated mathematics. He wrote what eventually became a groundbreaking paper on optics before finishing high school. The gifted half-pint went on to make important discoveries in algebra and create a number system that’s vital today in everything from computer graphics to quantum physics.
Dear Maxy, I have an etiquette question. My non-profit organization is partnering with another non-profit to present a community workshop . We want to present the guest speaker with a gift . The two options are a $25 American Express card or flowers . Which is more acceptable or appropriated ? My board members think the gift card is impersonal . Do The Right Thing Dear Do The Right Thing, I would think a hybris of your ideas . How about the gift card with a single rose , so that when you present it , folks in the audience see something and the speaker gets something he or she can actually use ? Be sure to include a note of gratitude with the card that is sighed by the key members of your group . Maxy Dear Maxy , I'm a 26-year-old gay male .I started seeing a guy when I was 19 , and we dated for 5 years . This June , I found out I had contracted HIV from him and it totally devestated me . I had resigned myself to remaining single and "bearing the burden alone." I have told only one of my family members and am TERRIFIRD to tell the rest . To make worse . I've met an amazing guy who , despite my best efforts , I've fallen in love with . How can I tell him about this ? How can I tell him about this ? Help ! Desperately confused Dear Desperately Confused , I'm so sorry you contracted HIV . I understand being wary of telling your family . You don't have to tell them . But you do have an obligation to tell the man you have fallen in love with . Do you run the risk that he'll run away ? Yes , but not necessarily . I recommend that you get counseling that will support you in dealing with your health condition and navigating your relationship . One source is the Gay Men's Health Crisis (www.gmhc.org) . You also should know that many couples have weatered this storm . As an example , I have a friend who has been HIV-positive for many years . He didn't talk about it at first , but he didn't hide it , either . He has walked in New York City , and his friends have long known his status . He has been in a relationship whith someone who is not HIV-positive for many years . The great news is that this year his partner asked him to get married . Because the laws here in some states , they were able to do just that . You can have a full life . Take care of your health first . Get support , and tell the man you hope to make your partner . Maxy Dear Maxy , My friend's niece just got arrested for shoplifting . He is so upset about it , and I don't know how to help him . She has been misbehaving for a long time . She is 15 years old and is always doing crazy things , like staying out all night , smoking drugs and not going to school . She was always kind of bad , but after her grandmother died , she got a lot worse . What can I do to help him ? He keeps asking me for advice . Worried Dear Worried , The best thing this family can do for them troubled teen is to get her mental health support . She should visit a counselor with whom sshe can talk about her life , the lost of her grandmother and her choicess . She needs to have a safe space to be able to talk about what's happening in her life and learn that it's possible for her to decide her fate . Some parents also choose to send their children to schools for so-called delinquent teens where they are immersed in learning discipline . Other families have used the military as a tool to help teach their teens right from wrong . Sometimes the structure is helpful for young people who have behaved recklessly over time . Most important is for your friend's niece to be able to grieve and heal . She needs to know that she is loved , even though her behavior is unacceptable . Your friend also needs to know that the adults in his family probably cannot handle her challenges on their own . They , too , should seek professional help . Maxy
"A Visit from St. Nicholas" By Clement C . Moore "Twas the night before Christmas , when all through the house Not a creature was stirring ; Not even a mouse The stockings were hung by the chimney with care , in hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there The children was nestled all smug in their beds , while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads And Mama in her kerchief , and I in my cap Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter I sprang up from my bed to see what was the matter Away to the window I flew like a flash ; Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow Gave a lustre of midday to objects below ; When what to my wondering eyes should appear But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer With a little old driver , so lively and quick I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick More rapid than eagles his coursers they came And he whistled and shouted , and call them by name "Now, Dasher ! Now, Dancer ! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet ! On, Cupid ! On, Donder and Blitzen ! To the top of the porch , to the top of the wall ! Now dash away , dash away , dash away all !" As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly When they meet with an obstacle , mount to the sky So up to the house-top the coursers they flew , With the sleigh full of toys , ... and St. Nicholas , too And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof As I drew in my head , and was turning around Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot A bundle of toys he had flung on his back He looked like a pedlar just opening his sack His eyes , how they twinkled ! His dimples , how merry ! His cheeks was like roses , his nose like a cherry His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow And the beard on his chin was as white as snow The stump of his pipe he held tight in his teeth And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath He had a broad face and a round little belly That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly He was chubby and plump ... a right jolly old elf And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself A wink of his eye and a twist of his head Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread He spoke not a word , but went straight to work And fill all the stockings ; then turn with a jerk , And laying his finger aside of his nose And giving a nod , up the chimney he rose He sprang to his sleigh , to his team gave a whistle And away they all flew like down of a thistle But I heard him exclaim , ere he drove out of sight , "Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night." Merry Christmas everyone ... Maxy ... 'The Genie' ... Witchy
Dear Maxy , For the past 18 months , I've been dating a woman who resides two states south . We are planning on her moving north to live with me . My problem is her thick southern accent . "Beth" habitually holds the last word of a sentence and draws it out . Her voice slides up and down when saying a simple word as "town" so that it has multiple syllables . A couple of my friends have also notice how she pronounced her drawl is . I have hinted to Beth about it on occasion , but it hasn't made a difference . I have to admit , this speech pattern is both repulsive and abrasive to me . Beth has many loving qualities , but I worry about her drawl . I can barely tolerate it now , and I fear it will eventually drive me crazy . Should I confront Beth about it ? I don't want to hurt her feelings . Need Your Input Dear Need , There are other factors to consider . If Beth moves north , her speech will adapt to her surroundings and over time , she would likely lose a lot of her accent . You also could speak gently and lovingly about this . Don't say her drawl gets on your nerves , even if it's true . Say that if she is going to be living in your neck of the woods , she might want to shorten up her words so she fits better . Of course , she may become protective of her accent , believing it is linked to her identity and be resistant to change . If she has other quanities that you appreciate, so I advice first speaking to her to see whether she is receptive and then be patient . Don't listen to your friends , this is your life . Maxy Dear Maxy, I recently hosted a bridal shower for a dear friend . Of the 30 women we invited , only five bothered to RSVP . Several people told the bride-to-be that they may not be coming . Not surprisingly , the bride assumed (incorrectly) that they had also RSVP to me directly , so she didn't pass that on . You cam imagine how frustrating , not to mention wastely , it was to prepare enough food for 25 people when only a handful arrived . My point is this : When asked to RSVP to an event , DO SO . Don't ignore it or ask the bride to pass on your regrets . She has enough details on her plate right now . It takes just a minute to respond to an invitation , and it's just plain rude not to . Too Many Leftovers Dear Leftovers , I agree , but this problem has been atound so long , I suspect your words of warning will go unheeded . So this for the hosts : If someone has not RSVP'd to an invitation by the date requested , please phone them and find out whether they plan to come . ( I hope invitees will be embarred enough that it will inspire them to behave better next time .) Maxy Dear Maxy , My boyfriend and I have been dating for little over a month and we've been having a great time . He's a couple of years older and has a job , I'm still in college . He recently started discussing how he could move to the city where I'm in school and how we could move in together , get married and adopt kids . We're both way to young to be discussing that ! The conversation made me uncomfortable , and I'm worried we will hwve to break up . How should I handle this situation ? Not Altar-Bound Dear Not Altar-Bound , Your boyfriend is excited and in love . There's something very sweet about his commitment to your relationship . Some couples figure out they want to be together from the onset of their relationship and then make it work . It doesn't sound like this is where you are , which is fine . It's time to have a talk with your boyfriend . Tell him it feels to you as if he is moving too fast . Tell him what you like about your relationship , but also tell him that you do not feel ready to think about making the kind of plans he is recommending . Tell the truth , if you haven't really thought about settling down and when you want tio do that , say as much . Talk about where your head is . Acknowledge that you appreciate his pledge of love and commitment , and ask his to slow down . Maxy
Dear Maxy , I am a 60-year-old divorced female and have been seeing "Harrison" for three years . Despite the fact that harrison is a wonderful man ... honest , funny , handsome , loyal and hardworking ... there is one thing I can't get past ; he is terribly under-endowed , if you get my drift . I'm ebarrassed to even think of complaining about this , but it affects the whole lovemaking thing . I've always had a strong sex drive , and the lack of ,um , size is un satisfying . How do I get pass this ? I truly care about harrison and hate to think that i'm so shallow that his size would matter so much . It's as petty as a man saying his girlfriend is great , but she's flat-chested , so she's out . But it's bothering me enough to write . Little Thing in the Way Dear Little Thing , We won't get in the "size doesn't Matter" discussion , because it obviously matters to you . First try Kegel exercises (talk to your gynecologist for information). It is also possible to find greater satisfaction through different positions and techniques and the use of sex toys . But only you can determine how immportant this is to your relationship . If you truly love Harrison , this is something manageable . Otherwise , it's simple a source of frustration . Maxy Dear Maxy , I could really use help from you and your readers . I need to know if any of your readers have had a spouse cheat on them . Did they stay together or did they filed for divorce ? What was the effect on their children ? My husband hed a lengthy affair with a woman who was 10 years his senior . We spent 14 months in counseling to try and work things out . I think I have an understanding of why the affair happened in the first place . But I cannot get passall of the hurt , the lies , the mistrust and the failure to honor our marital vows . I recently moved out of his house so I could get a better grip on getting over the affair . This really hurts and I need some advice . Heartbroken Dear Heartbroken , It seems as if you did the right things , from getting counseling to moving out after you felt you weren't healing . Some couples are able yo weather an affair and reclaim their love on the other side . To do so , both have to want the relationship and be willing to talk out any issues that come up as they finally forgive each other for everything that led up to break in the marriage vows . Is this an easy process ? No . Because you have children , it's essential that you remain respectful of each other and connected to your children , regardless of what happens between the two of you . Resist the temptation to speak poorly about each other , no matter what happens . You should continue to get counseling support for your personal healing . Maxy Dear Maxy , Every year , I get presents for my long-lost relatives and they send me broken , used stuff ot nothing at all and no thank you . Are you graded on what you give , or what you get . That's what I'm "REALLY" worried about ! Still , this year I'm feeling like I'm boiling over about it . They're very well off and I just have this cottage industry trandcribing legal documents . It feels like they don't even want to be related to me . Do I get them stuff antway ? Feeling Dissed Dear feeling Dissed , You are correct that you should not give to recieve . At the same time , if you get no joy from giving to these people , stop giving to them . Clearly they don't value gifts in the same way you do . Instead of sending them something that you have bought , consider sending a lovely holiday card with a personalized message . This connects you in a loving and meaningful way . Maxy
TORONTO — Shoppers at an Ikea store in Toronto weren't monkeying around when they reported a primate on the loose.
In this Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 photo, a small monkey wearing a winter coat and a diaper wanders around at an IKEA in Toronto.
Customers spotted a monkey — clad in a pint-sized shearling coat — wandering around the store's parking lot Sunday afternoon. The baby monkey, named Darwin, made its way through rows of parked cars and ended up outside a set of store doors.
Ikea staff lured the primate into a corner before calling police, who contacted the city's Animal Services department, said Staff Sgt. Ed Dzingala.
"It was just outside the store, just in a corner area where the monkey had nowhere to go, but it was pretty scared," Dzingala said. He said the monkey had escaped its crate in a parked car.
The monkey, which reportedly wore a diaper as well, never made it inside the store and was picked up by Animal Services officers within half an hour. The animal's owner later contacted police and was reunited with the pet, Dzingala said.
Word of the incident sparked a flurry of comments and photos on Twitter, as well as two parody Twitter accounts which took on the persona of the wandering monkey.
Mary Lou Leiher from Toronto Animal Services said the monkey's owners have been fined $240 for breaking the city's prohibited-animal bylaw. She said Darwin was being fed and cared for while officials tried to find an animal sanctuary for it.
Leiher said there's a chance the monkey is carrying Herpes B and that having it live in a city puts both the animal and human beings at risk.
She said the monkey was very quiet and lacked signs of personality during a brief visit, adding that can be a sign of stress.
Peppermint Meltaways...Great Christmas Treat and pretty too
Ingredients: Cookies: 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornstarch Glaze: 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 2 Tablespoon butter, Softened 1 to 2 tablespoons milk 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 2 to 3 drops red food color, if desired hard peppermint candy or candy canes, crushed
Directions: Combine sugar, butter and 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour and cornstarch. Beat until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate until firm (30 to 60 minutes). Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely. Meanwhile, combine 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in small bowl. Stir in food color, if desired. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy. Makes 4 dozen cookies.
The Duchess of Cambridge -- now a first-time mum-to-be -- is back
at home and on the mend!
On Thursday Dec. 6, Prince William escorted his pregnant wife Kate out of London's King Edward VII
Hospital. Bound for Kensington Palace, the still-slim Kate, 30, clutched a
bouquet of yellow flowers . It's the first time the world-famous royal has been photographed since the
she checked in to be
treated for Hyperemesis Gravidarium, an extreme form of morning sickness. Middleton briefly assured reporters that she's feeling "much better."
"The Duchess of Cambridge has been discharged from the King Edward VII
Hospital and will now head to Kensington Palace for a period of rest," the
Palace tells Us Weekly in a statement. "Their Royal Highnesses would like to
thank the staff at the hospital for the care and treatment The Duchess has
During her three-night stay, the future Queen received frequent visits from
husband of 19 months William, 30, plus her mother Carole and
siblings Pippa and James, among
"Trying for a baby has been their priority, a royal confidant told Us shortly
before the couple revealed their happy news. "They're both excited to be
focusing on a new chapter in their lives."
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com:
Dear Maxy , I have been a vegetarian for about five months . This may not seem like a problem , but all my family members are huge meat eaters . I haven't told anyone yet about my decision because of the backlash I would get . The holidays are right around the corner , and I'm nervous about seeing my whole family and revealing my secret . I can't keep it from them , because they will know and we don't have a traditional spread . Our main course consists of steak (along with turkey) ! I know they will make a big deal and will argue with my decision . How can I prepare for this conversation ? I want them to respect me for not eating meat , not treat me like an alien . Vegetarian Dear Vegetarian , I'm not sure you will have as big a problem as you imagine , largely because people do not pay as much attention to what others eat as you think . If you fill your plate with all the vegetables your family is serving and eat a hearty meal , you will be demonstrating that you are a healthy eater . If asked why your plate is meatless , you can explain that you have chosen to stop eating meat for a while . You can ease your family into the notion of your new eating habits without scaring them by telling them this is a several-month-practice that you are trying . Be prepared to explain why , preferably without bad mouthing their eating habits . For example , if you have become a vegetarian because you want to lower your cholesterol or lose weight , make sure to center your explanation on what your own vegetarianism might do for them . If you are now flesh-averse, you should keep that to yourself . You don't want to offend them . You also don't want to worry your family . Many people believe that a vegetarian lifestyle does not provide adequate nutrition . Make sure you know what foods provide nutrients so you can describe that if they ask . Please don't visit with the intention of educating anyone . Maxy Dear Maxy , I've been friends with "Sue" and "Mary" for years . Last year , I asked Sue to drive me to a cosmetic medical procedure . She asked me to include Mary , which meant planning the trip around Mary , which meant planning the trip around Mary's work schedule . We set tentative dates , and I made motel reservations and arranged clinic availability . Mary kept changing her mind about coming and finally admitted that she didn't want the procedure . When she cancelled again , Sue moved up our departure time . Mary then reconsidered and wanted to come after all . I told her the departure time had been moved up , and she said she'd drive herself and meet us up there . Two days later , Mary sent me a letter saying she wasn't coming and lambasted me because I "didn't know what it was to be a friend." I thought we'd talk it out , but that was a year ago , and we have yet to speak . I don't think I owe Mary an apology . Any suggestions ? Three's a Crowd Dear Crowd , You don't owe her an apology , although it might help to say you are sorry that things became so complicated and difficult , and you regret that the friendship suffered as a result . Maxy Dear Maxy I received an email from friends , inviting me to their home for the holidays . I went to their home last year and I got sick and was in bed for 3 days . I'm not sure I want to go to their home this year . I haven't answered the invitation yet . How do I turn them down without hurting their feelings ? Guest Dear Guest, Thank your friends for the invitation and tell them you have made other plans . Maxy
Territorial wars begin in the womb, according to incredible new MRI footage of twins jostling for a bit of legroom in utero.
Twins fight for space in womb?..London researches release incredible videos to technology called "cinematic-MRI," doctors at Imperial College's MR Unit in London were able to capture moving images of the smaller twin kicking the larger twin to eke out some space. The larger twin eventually responds with a little push of its own.
"We haven't really been able to see before in such real-time complete pictures how twins interact and what this lets us do is see their positions in relation to each other and how much space they have, how much space they occupy, and how they might move around and push each other out of the way," Dr. Marisa Taylor-Clarke tells New Scientist.
The new method works by taking repeated images of the same "slices" of the body and stitching them together to create a moving image.
While fascinating, the footage could indicate some trouble for the smaller fetus. Doctors use the cinematic-MRI when they fear one twin may be absorbing blood from the other.
Known as twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, the twin on the losing end of the battle can be born with a host of symptoms, including anemia, dehydration, and paleness.
It's not smooth sailing either for the larger twin — or the "recipient twin" in medical terms. He or she is often born with too much blood, leading to elevated blood pressure and the risk of cardiac failure.
If left untreated, the babies are at high risk of dying from complications.
Dr. Taylor-Clarke tells Reuters that the cinematic-MRI is not used so much to diagnose the condition as to observe its consequences.
"[O]ne of the problems with the imbalances of blood flow is that if you get a sudden shift of blood from one twin to the other, that can cause brain injury, so it can cause stroke or hemorrhage in one or both of the twins' brains," she says.
"MRI can pick up signs of brain injury much earlier and in much greater detail than ultrasound can at the moment."
Doctors hope the MRI technology, which does not use radiation and is therefore much safer than a regular CAT scan, will help them identify ways to better treat the syndrome.
Advanced laser surgery has recently been used to treat TTTS and give both twins a better shot at survival.
Let's hope these two make it out of the womb safely and in perfect health so that they only ever have to fight over toys and their parents' attention.
The couple's first child will be third in line to take the throne — leapfrogging the gregarious Prince Harry and possibly setting up the first scenario in which a U.K. female heir could benefit from new gender rules about succession.
The palace would not say how far along the 30-year-old duchess is, only that she has not yet reached the 12-week mark. Palace officials said the duchess was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, a potentially dangerous type of morning sickness where vomiting is so severe no food or liquid can be kept down. They said she was expected to remain hospitalized for several days and would require a period of rest afterward.
"It's not unusual for pregnant women to get morning sickness, but when it gets to the point where you're dehydrated, losing weight or vomiting so much you begin to build up (toxic) products in your blood, that's a concern," said Dr. Kecia Gaither, director of maternal fetal medicine at Brookdale University and Medical Center in New York .
The condition is thought to affect about one in 50 pregnant women but Gaither said less than one percent of women with the condition need to be hospitalized.
The news came just days after the duchess, on a royal appearance, was playing field hockey with schoolchildren at her former school.
Not only are the attractive young couple popular — with William's easy common touch reminding many of his mother, the late Diana — but their child is expected to play an important role in British national life for decades to come.
William is second in line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles, so the couple's first child would normally become a monarch — eventually.
The confirmation of Kate's pregnancy caps a jam-packed year of highs and lows for the young royals, who were married in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abby last year.
They have traveled the world extensively as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and weathered the embarrassment of a nude photos scandal, after a tabloid published topless images of the duchess.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said the news bookended a year that saw the royal family riding high in popular esteem after celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.
"We're riding on a royal high at the moment at the end of the Diamond Jubilee year," he said. "People enjoyed the royal romance last year and now there's this. It's just a good news story amid all the doom and gloom."
Speculation about when the couple would start a family has been rife since their wedding.
William's mother Diana got pregnant just four months after her wedding in 1981.Diana also reportedly suffered from morning sickness for months and complained of constant media attention.
"The whole world is watching my stomach," Diana once said.
She gave birth to William in 1982 after 16 hours of labor. At his birth, William was given a baby tag marked 'Wales' and a 41-gun salute was fired in Hyde Park and the Tower of London.
In September 1983, roughly a year after the birth of William, Buckingham Palace announced that Diana was pregnant for a second time. However, within a week, Diana suffered a miscarriage when on holiday at Balmoral, Scotland.
In 1984, she became pregnant again and gave birth to Harry .
American tabloid speculation of Kate's pregnancy has been rampant for months. One newspaper even cited anonymous sources talking about Kate's hormone levels. Others have focused on the first signs of the royal bump.
The palace said the royal family was "delighted" by the news. British Prime Minister David Cameron admitted he got a heads-up about the pregnancy, saying he found the news "quite difficult" to keep to himself and expressing his confidence the duo will make "absolutely brilliant parents."
The leaders of Britain and the 15 former colonies that have the monarch as their head of state agreed in 2011 to new rules which give females equal status with males in the order of succession.
Although none of the nations had legislated the change as of September, the British Cabinet Office confirmed that this is now the de-facto rule.
Those changes make Kate's pregnancy all the more significant for the royal family, according to Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine.
"This is the first child who will be an heir to the throne whatever sex they are," she said. "It's a new beginning."
Graham Smith of anti-monarchy group Republic called Kate's pregnancy a "private, personal matter" for her and William, saying the flood of media coverage was disproportionate
"We've heard today that our future head of state is on the way. It's a pretty bizarre way of choosing someone for public office," he said.
On the couple's tour of Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu in September, William reportedly said he hoped he and Kate would have two children. Congratulations to the happy couple and all the Royals on this happy occasion .... The PICs is waiting in anticipation for the happy event . 'The Genie' & Witchy
Brushing with a paste made of baking soda and water a few times a month removes superficial staining and whitens teeth by a shade or two. "The graininess neutralizes stains and polishes teeth but isn't abrasive enough to wear down your enamel," says Jennifer Jablow, DDS, a cosmetic dentist in New York City. If you drink a lot of wine or coffee, try to follow it with nature's toothbrushes: Apples, celery, raw carrots.
Keep your enamel hard . Age and usage will wear your enamel away down to the softer dentyn, which is more absorbent and will pick up stain. You also develop hairline cracks in your teeth which will collect stain. You can use an enamel hardening toothpaste or use a flouride mouthwash and make sure you are getting lots of calcium and vitamin D.
HOW TO PREVENT A COLD
Every time you push an elevator button, clutch a treadmill handle, or twist open a doorknob, your hands get populated by tons of germs. That’s why washing your hands is the single best way to keep from getting sick, say experts. Scrub with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, and don't forget between your fingers and under nails. When you can’t get to a sink, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, says Allison Aiello, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.”
Also it's a good idea to change bath towels, hand towels and face cloths every day. Dish towels and dish cloths are also germ carriers.
If someone in your house has come down with a case of the sniffles, it may seem inevitable that you will start sneezing, too. One trick to avoid catching their germs: Keep your toothbrushes separate. Don't store your family's toothbrushes together in a glass. Put them in the sort of holder that doesn't let them touch each other. Shake them after using so that they dry fast--germs don't thrive well on dry surfaces. Of course, don't share toothbrushes--it's a very direct way to share germs.
Practice Tai Chi...This Eastern exercise rev’s your body's cold-fighting defenses by as much as 47% and even triples the protection you get from a flu shot. The secret to tai chi's elixir-like quality, scientists suspect, lies in its slow movements and controlled breathing. And there are all the usual traditional preventions: good diet with lots of antioxidants, lots of rest and a good vitamin supplement to keep your immune system in tip top shape. And here is my own recipe for keeping your resistance up .....Stay happy, don't allow yourself to be stressed if you can avoid it and look for the sunshine in life even if the sky looks gloomy.
If you pop a prescription pill every morning, be careful when you're washing it down: A refreshing glass of grapefruit juice can have serious consequences when mixed with common meds, finds a new analysis.
The review of 161 earlier studies, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, warns that the number of drugs known to interact with grapefruit is higher than previous estimates suggest: A total of 43 medications—many of them quite common—can cause severe side effects like blood clots, breathing problems, kidney damage, and even death, when mixed with grapefruit.
"Dietary intake of grapefruit and certain other citrus fruits can inhibit a key liver enzyme involved in drug metabolism," explains cardiologist Gregg Fonarow, MD, director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. The inhibition of that enzyme, Dr. Fonarow says, can impact how certain drugs are metabolized, leading to increased concentrations of medication in the bloodstream. And it doesn’t take much to trigger a reaction: One small glass of grapefruit juice, or a single grapefruit, is often enough.
Among the drugs that shouldn't be mixed with grapefruit: Common cholesterol meds, including simvastatin (Zocor), the pain medication methadone, sildenafil (Viagra), sertaline (Zoloft), and even certain antibiotics like ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and levafloxacin (Levaquin).
Even if your prescription wasn’t on that list, consider the following tips to stay safe from risky interactions:
Check your Rx Medications accompanied by serious interaction risks will have those hazards printed on the label, so give that info a careful once-over. If you spot a warning that concerns you, talk to your doctor. (For more drinks that shouldn't be combined with certain meds, read up on
Rethink your juice routine Grapefruit isn’t the only type of juice to take note of, says pharmacist Suzy Cohen, author of Drug Muggers. Some research suggests that pomegranate juice might trigger drug interactions, and the same could be true for tangerines and oranges. If you do take a drug accompanied by a grapefruit warning, ask your doctor whether other fruits are safe.
Be skeptical of supplements, too Certain supplements contain grapefruit compounds, which Cohen points out might also interact with medication. If you take a supplement to combat candida (yeast), be especially careful—they often contain grapefruit seed extract.
If you're looking for DIY budget home decor, look no further than your tool box. You can recycle a bunch of old washers to make these beautiful, wintery home accents from I Love to Create. Snowflake coasters from washers make great Christmas party decorations on the cheap.
Aleene's® Jewelry and Metal Glue™
Aleene's® Quick Dry Tacky Glue™
Metallic spray paint – or any desired color
Assorted flat metal washers (3-4 different sizes make for a great visual variety)
Craft foam sheet for background. You can use white or colored. I used red; blue would look great.
Lay out freezer paper on work surface. Arrange washers in a desired design on freezer paper. You may want to draw the shape you desire on the freezer paper as a template. Works best in smaller sizes up to 8” in diameter.
Use Aleene's® Jewelry & Metal Glue™ to adhere the touching edges of washers. Use paper towel to wipe off excess glue from top of washers. Let dry completely.
Peel freezer paper from bottom of washers and spray paint with metallic spray paint. Let dry completely.
Using pencil trace washers shape on craft foam sheet. Cut foam along traced line. Use Aleene’s® Quick Dry Tacky Glue™ to adhere foam piece to bottom. Let dry.
These holiday mug rugs are a fun project that can be done pretty quickly. There are 8 different applique shapes in the complete set. They would make a wonderful gift for someone as a whole set of 8 or you could make a few for a teacher, neighbor, or co-worker. They also work as tray mats and cushion fronts.
Fabric:(Fabric requirements are based on 42" wide fabric) 10- 2.5" strips (8 for binding & 2 for the strip panel) 2- 1.5" strips 1- 1" strip 8- 7" x 7" neutral squares (applique background) 8- 7" x 7" printed squares (applique shapes) 8- 9" x 13" pieces for backing 8- 9" x 13" pieces of batting
1. Strip Panel With right sides together begin by sewing a strip panel using 2- 2.5" strips, and the 1.5" and 1" strips. Press towards the darker fabrics. The finished panel should be 7" wide. Sub-cut into 4.5" x 7" units.
2. Raw-Edge Applique I didn't use fusible web for the applique shapes in this project. Instead, I used a glue stick. The glue stick method may not be the most popular method but because these mug rugs are used differently than a quilt and the shapes are on the larger side I thought I would be ok without the fusible. It seemed to work out pretty well. After I traced the shapes onto the wrong side of the 7" patterned squares and cut them out, I placed the shapes onto the 7" background squares with a small amount of glue from the glue stick to keep them in place before sewing. If you do use the glue stick method just be careful to keep the glue away from the edges where your needle will go when sewing to avoid getting glue on the needle and in your bobbin. Finish the raw edge with your favorite stitch. I used a wider zig zag.
3. Assembly After finishing the applique squares sew them to the 4.5" x 7" strip panel units.
4. Quilting & Finishing Layer and baste the backing, batting, and top. Stitching in the ditch looks great on this project or try some new free motion quilting designs that you haven't done before. Small projects like this are a great way to practice and to try free motion stitching! Use one of the 2.5" strips to bind and finish the mug rug. Finished size 7" x 11".
Enjoy & Happy Creating!
You know those inexpensive, Christmas candy mints you can get almost anywhere, even dollar stores? They make a great wreath that requires no skill at all. Fortunately they come in bright Christmas colors. Pretty and cheerful.
Wrapped Peppermint candies
Tie a loop of string or ribbon to top of wreath for a hanger
Glue mints (in their wrapping) to the wreath to cover
Dear Maxy , Six months ago , I reconnected with the guy I have loved since grade school ."Thomas"left after graduation to live in another state . I know he has schizophrenia , and I'm willing to take the risk . Even though I'm 18 and still in high school , I plan to become a doctor . I've done research and know what I'm up against. Thomas says he hears voices and sees dark figures , and he snaps sometimes , but it seems like he can refocus once I get him to concentrate on me . Last Thrusday , Thomas broke up with me . He apologized for breaking my heart , but he says his cchizophrenia is getting worse , and he fears he's going to hurt me , Mazy , Thomas knows I love him and would do anything for him . I gave up sleep and time to make sure he knows I'm always here . I listen to him and hold him close when he gets upset . I never get mad at him . We have never fought . I don't want to lose him again . That happened once and we didn't speak for three whole years ! I don't want to go through that emotional turmoil again . I know people say "too young" to understand what love is , but I believe I have a good idea . I need advice . Terri Dear Terri , Thomas is telling you his schizophrenia is not underr control , and he justifiably worries he could you or himself . Is he taking antipsychotic medication ? He will need to do this for the rest of his life , and there are side effects . Schizophrenics also have an encreased risk of drug and alchol abuse . This is a lot of responsibitily for anyone to take on . I don't doubt that you care deeply for Thomas , but you may be romanticizing your ability to "save" him . And your determination to have a relationship creates pressure that he apparently can't handle . Please put his welfare first and simply be his friend with no expectation , and encourage him to stick with appropriate medical treatment . Maxy Dear Maxy, Our son is marrying a beautiful woman from Mexico . The cost of the flights are more than his siblings can afford , not to mention the hotels , the dresses , tuxes, showers , parties , etc . But we will help our kids because we know our son would be hurt if they didn't attend . The brides family may put us up at the hotel , which would be nice , but I don't want to look like moochers . Do we still offer to pay for the rehearsal dinner ? We have told our son how much money we can give them for a wedding gift , and all of this will deplete hearly all or savings . Any advice ? Need a Money Tree Dear Need , Please don't spend more than you can afford .Tell your son you have a budget that will have to cover all costs , including the rehearsal dinner . If it costs more , he will need to pay for it himself . It's okay to accept the offer from the bride's family to put you up at a hotel . And it's not unreasonable to suggest to your son that he and his new bride have a reception later in your hometown for his siblings and other friends . We hope he can be reasonable instead of being hurt . Maxy Dear Maxy , I'm a single male who has been seeing a young lady for quite some time . We like each other , but I have some reservations about our relationship . There is a rule that says you should not commit to a relationship during major holidays such as Christmas , Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving . I know this may sound bizarre , but I don't want to get into a serious relationship "title free" , if you know what I mean . What do you think ? Slightly Committed Dear Slightly Committed , You are letting superstition get the best of you . You don't have to go down on one knee on any particular holiday if you don't want to . But also don't make the mistake of believing some "rule" whose origin you don't even know , for fear that the relationship will be jinked . Maxy